Wednesday, September 2, 2020

SATURDAY: Sketch Bannerman’s Castle

Saturday, September 5

Conceived, designed and hosted by Cecilia Evasco

We’re off for a visual voyage to sketch the enchanted ruins of Bannerman Castle, a medieval-like fortress built at the turn of the 20th century by a rich industrialist. Bannerman's Castle is situated on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River 50 miles from NYC.

The island is rich in supernatural history. The guides say fairies and goblins populate the island. Many claim it’s haunted by a malevolent spirit which has caused a series of disasters over the years, including the destruction of the castle itself.

Despite its ominous history, you’re going to be enchanted by the scenery and the setting of the island. The structure of the ruins is framed by flowers and other natural scenery that gives the castle and almost romantic feel.

Many artists have visited the island to sketch, paint, photograph the various views of the castle, and so are we.


In the morning we'll sketch the exterior structure of the castle ruins from the vicinity of the island with its numerous turrets, stairs, stone columns, and arched windows. Each side of the castle has its own unique view. Try to create a mood in your sketch whether it be foreboding, romantic, enchanted, or something else.


In the afternoon, we'll sketch a river-view or aerial view of the castle ruins. Another option could be to sketch the interior of the castle or focus on something interesting on the castle's facade or castle grounds.


You are free to use any source material you like. Cecilia has provided numerous links you can use. She's wrapped all the info you'll need in a website she created specifically for this event.


Registration closes on Friday at noon. On Friday afternoon you will recieve an email with the login instructions you'll need to participate.


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